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Academic Regulations & Procedures

Transfer of Credits

Carleton transfers credit from other institutions only in rare situations. An official transcript from the issuing institution must be received by the Office of the Registrar before any academic work done elsewhere may be accepted for Carleton credit. An official transcript is one that has been authenticated by the issuing institution, usually by applying the official seal to the copy of the academic record along with a facsimile of the signature of the registrar or recorder, or by recognized authentication delivery methods in the case of electronic transcripts. The transcript must be mailed directly to the Carleton College Office of the Registrar by the issuing institution.

A matriculated student may apply toward the Carleton degree a total of 54 credits earned while off campus (Carleton faculty-led off-campus seminars are excluded from the 54-credit maximum) unless, as in the case of certain transfer students, this would result in a total number of transfer credits exceeding the 102 overall maximum.

Off-campus credits may be earned in any combination of the following:

  1. On non-Carleton, nonaffiliated  programs approved by the Off-Campus Studies Committee.
  2. Approved summer study at other institutions.

Students who have received college credit from any other institution will be required to forward a transcript for each school attended, as well as the Carleton transcript, if applying to a graduate school or to graduate school service organizations (e.g., the Law School Data Assembly Service). The registrar's office does not record such work on the Carleton transcript except in the case of transfer credit.

For information concerning prior credits and their acceptance toward the degree, see the Academic Catalog or the Office of the Registrar.

See also advanced placement, off-campus study, summer study at other institutions, transcripts, and transfer students.

Keywords: transfer of credits, advanced placement, off-campus study, summer study at other institutions, transcripts, transfer students

Last Reviewed: Jul 17th, 2014

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